Laroda Plum Tree

Laroda has an extraordinary wine-like flavor, and is considered by some to be one of the best tasting Japanese plums. The flesh is amber with streaks of red on the inside. The texture is more firm with high sweetness, balanced with just the right amount of acidity.

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USDA ZONES: 6-9 Outdoors
 
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Laroda Plum Tree requires a pollenizer. You must plant one of these trees nearby (within about 50') for the tree to produce a crop of fruit.

Description

Prunus salicina 'Laroda'

Laroda has an extraordinary wine-like flavor, and is considered by some to be one of the best tasting Japanese plums. One of many varieties crossed by the prolific plum hybridizer Dr. Claron O. Hesse at the California Agricultural Experiment Station, UC Davis at Winters California. The Laroda, a Santa Rosa x Gaviota cross was made 1943 and introduced in 1954. The Laroda has very much a Santa Rosa look with dark purple to black skin with sugar spots. The flesh is amber with streaks of red on the inside. The texture is more firm with high sweetness, balanced with just the right amount of acidity. Almost giving it a wine like flavor. Considered by many to be the finest of the Japanese plums. The Laroda is great for making jams and Jellies as well as fresh eating. Tight upright growth makes this a great selection for the home with a little less space. Able to easily be kept at below 10 with summer pruning.

Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Yellow
Ripens:
July - August
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 7
Tree Size:

20' height with 12' spread

can be held to below 10 feet with summer pruning
Years to Bear:
3
Pollination:
Requires Pollenizer
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to 28° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
6 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
400 - 500
Size & Spacing

20' height with 12' spread

can be held to below 10 feet with summer pruning

Plant 15' away from other trees and buildings

Planting & Care
Plums prefer well-drained soil. If poor drainage is suspected, consider mounding 18 to 12 inches high by 4 feet wide of build a raised bed of 12 to 18 inches high and 3 feet square. Plant directly in the mound or raised bed. Mulching helps retain moisture and stabilizes the soil temperature. Mulch to 3 to 4 inches deep and 3 to 4 feet outside the canopy. Plums grow best in full sun in a location where cold air or frost will not settle. Choose a protected location that is sheltered from wind. Most are early blooming and can be affected by adverse early season weather. Water regularly, to get established, during the first year. Plumcot trees are extremely fast growing and will grow to 20' tall if you let them. All fruit trees can be kept under 10 feet tall. Pruning in the summer to control the height of your tree is recommended to simplify maintenance and harvesting.
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